House passes Chris Smith measure to probe if government turned ticks into bioweapons
New Jersey congressman wants GAO to investigate whether diseased ticks were ‘accidentally or intentionally’ released
By David Wildstein, July 21 2020
Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) says there are credible assertions that government researchers at Ft. Detrick and Plum Island turned ticks into bioweapons.
Now the 20-term New Jersey Republican wants the government to investigate whether ticks were ever weaponized with Lyme disease or other hazardous pathogens.
Smith’s congressional colleagues agree with him.
Last night, the House approved an amendment sponsored by Smith that requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to determine if ticks were ever weaponized with Lyme disease or other hazardous pathogens.
This is Smith’s second bid to get his proposed law passed. In 2019, he sponsored a similar measure giving the job to the U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General. (See link for article)
After a year of silence and waiting we find out the inspector general at the Pentagon didn’t have the bandwidth to launch an investigation. (Translation – I don’t have any balls and I’m passing the football to someone else)
Now it heads to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Want to place bets on us having to wait another year or more to find out the GAO also doesn’t have bandwidth to launch an investigation?
Sigh….you gotta love government bureaucracy.